Hospital in the Home (also known as ‘HITH’ or ‘Hospital at Home’) enables patients with a range of common medical conditions to receive hospital-level care at home. Patients who are assessed as suitable for Hospital in the Home can be discharged earlier from hospital, or can avoid hospital altogether and receive the high-level clinical care they need at home.

Recovering at home rather than in hospital reduces the risk of adverse events such as cross-infection, as well as enhancing patient well-being and the speed of recovery by being in familiar surroundings.

Independent studies* conclude that HITH can achieve equivalent or better clinical outcomes at a lower cost than care provided in a hospital setting, with high patient and carer satisfaction.

Vitalis Hospital in the Home services can be delivered wherever you live: in your own home, in an assisted living facility or in a residential care facility. Clinical services are delivered under the direction of your treating doctor by our highly skilled team of HITH Registered Nurses, ensuring quality control of your clinical outcomes.

Our team approach means your high-level clinical care can be supplemented with skilled and compassionate companions or personal carers to help with your everyday needs.

Clinical treatments suitable for HITH include:

IV antibiotics for treatment of cellulitis, community acquired pneumonia, COPD, urinary tract and other common infections. Vitalis nurses can cannulate, or patients can be discharged with a PICC line in-situ.

VAC dressings and other complex wound management. Vitalis HITH staff include wound consultants who can manage highly complex wounds, including debridement

Post operative drain care

Stoma care provided by Vitalis’ accredited stomal therapist

IV therapies including for DVTs, pulmonary embolisms and multiple sclerosis

Blood collection for pathology

Catheter care including routine changes of suprapubic catheters (SPCs) and indwelling catheters (IDCs)

Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) management

Please contact us for more information or to enquire about other treatments successfully managed by Vitalis HITH.


  • the average duration of patient treatment is generally shorter
  • patients have fewer complications (such as acquiring further infection)
  • patients have a lower chance of developing delirium (as they remain in familiar surroundings)
  • primary carers who use coordinated home care services experience reduced carer burden and improved wellbeing
  • you and your family enjoy peace of mind, knowing your care is being overseen by a specialist team

* Caplan et al, ‘A Meta-Analysis of ‘Hospital in the Home’, Medical Journal of Australia 197(9): 512-9, 2012; see also: Deloitte Access Economics, ‘Economic Analysis of HITH’, 2011.

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